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## Tolkien - part one

by jerfunfin Mon 12 Nov 2001 21:58:23

I have been pondering what to do (and what others are doing) in regards to the LOTR trilogy. Should one read before going to see “The Fellowship of the Ring”? Or should one wait, see the flik, and then read to refresh and see what was missing, different, etc.?

<p>What are others doing? I think I will start reading  this weekend.</p>
TAGS: tolkien lotr movies

I've read the book five times, so I don't really have a choice in the matter. I do suggest reading the book first, however. Movies take you on a journey as long as you sit and watch them. Books take more effort...you actually have to sit down and actively read. I've found that it's easier to make that effort when I haven't known what was going to happen. Seeing the movie first would take all the fun out of the surprises that Fellowship has in store for the reader. I don't think the trip through Moria (Khazad-dûm) wouldn't be half as exciting if you knew what was going to happen. That's one of the best parts of LOTR.

So read the book...read all of them. You'll be much happier in the long run.

Well I haven't read the books since 9th grade so I'm thinking the movie will be a nice refresher for me. :)

I decided to read it first, and so I purchased a boxed set of the Ring trilogy and The Hobbit. Today's the day I finish The Hobbit and move on to The Fellowship of the Ring.

I read it (Hobbit to LOTR) a lifetime or so ago. Actually had to read Tolkein's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in our highschool class. Bombed that one. THAT was cool though.

I guess I should have been more specific and said "re-read". I am a TOlkien buff. I have read LOTR atleast a dozen times cover to cover. Plus, the Hobbit five or six times and the Silmarillion twice.
But from the responses so far, I know I will be reading them before the movie opens.

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